Rio Tinto is the latest mining company to join the fight against cancer, announcing a three year partnership with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two day, 200 kilometre bike ride in Queensland which will culminate in an exciting race to the finish line on 21 August.
Rio Tinto’s Tim Lane is one of the many participants in the ride who has been touched by the disease.
“I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009. If I had received that diagnosis in the 1970’s I would have had a 10 per cent chance for survival,” he said.
“Thanks to the dramatic improvement in cancer treatments in the course of one generation, testicular cancer now has one of the highest survival rates, and today I am cancer free. It gives hope that we can actually conquer cancer, and the work of QIMR is central to this effort.”
Rio Tinto Energy chief executive Doug Ritchie said supporting cancer research was important to its employees, given the number of local cancer fundraisers they hold throughout the year.
“Statistics show that one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime,” Ritchie said.
“As the official title sponsor of the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer for the next three years, we are formalising our people’s support for this worthwhile cause.
“The event is also aligned with Rio Tinto’s goals of promoting a happy and healthy workforce and giving back to the vital communities in which we work.”
QIMR’s Director, Professor Frank Gannon said he is delighted to welcome Rio Tinto as the major sponsor of the fundraising event.
“The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer is the largest corporate sponsorship for QIMR and it is great to see two Australian icons united by a common goal of combating cancer,” Gannon said.
“Cancer affects every family directly or indirectly and because of that approximately half of QIMR’s researchers are working to understand the environmental and genetic causes of this terrible disease and how a normal functioning part of our body becomes a target for cancer.
“Our ultimate aim is to contribute to saving lives through excellent and relevant research that results in the development of new treatments and better detection methods.”
The involvement from Rio Tinto is the latest show of support from the mining industry.
To support the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer by participating or donating, please go to www.conquercancer.org.au or call 1300 11 RIDE (7433). The ride is open to cyclists of all abilities; all you need is a bike and a helmet.